Police probe deaths of infant, baby sitter in Greenlawn

GREENLAWN - Suffolk police are investigating the deaths of a 1-month-old child and his baby sitter in Greenlawn last night.

Police responded to the home at around 9:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a baby not responding.

Upon arrival, police say they discovered the baby, Michael Paris Baldwin III, and his baby sitter, 39-year-old Teresa Coffey, of Port Jefferson, unresponsive. The infant is the son of News 12 Long Island freelance reporter Michael Baldwin.

Baldwin says he couldn't get in touch with the baby sitter and upon arriving home, he found Coffey unconscious and slumped over the couch. When he lifted her, Baldwin says he saw his baby trapped underneath.

"He looked like he was just crushed, his little body was crushed," he says.

According to police, the baby was given CPR at the scene and transported to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Coffey was also transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Right now, cops are calling this a tragic accident and don't know how it happened. They say it does not appear carbon monoxide was a factor in their deaths and the baby may have suffocated because the baby sitter was overweight and laying on top of him.

Baldwin says it was the first time Coffey had baby-sat for him, and he didn't know her well.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner is conducting autopsies on the victims to determine how they died.

A News 12 spokesperson released a statement saying, "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Baldwin family during this difficult time."

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